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Recent new stories have highlighted the struggle businesses are having filling job openings. Shifting demographics in our country influences the labor market and filling job openings was a growing challenge even prior to the pandemic.

Once again, North Carolina is a leader in population growth – adding almost 100,000 people between 2019 and 2020 – the fourth largest gain among states and the District of Columbia (Figure 1).

Fact or fiction: NC’s small towns are dying? 

Despite what you might have heard, small towns are alive and well in North Carolina.

Considered a rural state for most of its history, North Carolina has become increasingly urban. But does that mean we are an urban state and our rural areas are waning? Not exactly.  

Four years ago, pine trees and farmland covered most of a 270-acre area just west of Apex, North Carolina.  The land was slated to be developed into a mixed residential community with single-family homes, townhomes, and apartments to meet the burgeoning demand for housing in the Raleigh-Durham Ar

Ten years ago the town of Leland, NC had a little more than 13,000 residents. According to our July 1, 2019 populations estimates, there are now more than 22,600 residents. That’s a growth rate of 67 percent since the 2010 Census.